County Opposes Fuel Charge Increase

Currituck County commissioners say they're unhappy with Dominion Power's request for a fuel charge increase because customers are already struggling to pay their bills.

The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reports that commissioners passed a resolution Monday opposing Dominion's plan to raise fuel charges for customer electric bills in 2012. The power company says the rate increase is needed to cover rising fuel costs, made worse by an unusually hot summer and cold winter last year.

Representatives from Dominion Power say the company's profits are not what they used to be.

County officials also questioned why Dominion's Virginia customers were allowed to spread out higher fuel costs over two years while that option was not offered to the company's North Carolina customers.

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